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The Health Risks of Overtime

Sometimes you stay after work to finish up a project or a task because there just wasn’t enough hours in your work day to complete it. But did you know this could be detrimental to your health? A 40-hour work week may seem normal, but if you go over that amount of time it could cause serious problems. According to a study in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, working 61 to 70 hours a week increased the risk of coronary heart disease by 42 percent, and working 71 to 80 hours increased the risk by 63 percent. Another study shown in The Lancet, found that people who work long hours have a higher risk of having a stroke compared to those who work standard hours.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide according to the federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention. With the knowledge that working overtime can increase your risk, you should know to stick to your normal schedule. Focus on managing your time and try to get enough sleep at night so that you can be more productive during the day. If you are concerned about your health due to working overtime, see your doctor to checkup on your current health and see what you can do. Just call Cosmo Insurance Agency and one of our knowledgeable brokers will help you find a carrier that will cover your visit.

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